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How to Play: Hanukkah Corners

Don't get caught in the wrong corner. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: Music, a room with four corners, a hat or box and two copies of four Hanukkah-themed images, such as a dreidel, a menorah, chocolate gelt coins and an oil lamp. How to...
Be the last one standing and win!

How to Play: Hide the Chocolate Gelt

Find the gelt and win the game! Credit: Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal/MCT
What you need: You need chocolate gelt coins. How to play: Hide all of the chocolate coins around the room, or spread them out between several rooms to make it more...
All you need is chocolate gelt!

How to Play: Hanukkah Hunt

Hide Hanukkah-related items for kids to find. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need Hanukkah items, such as menorahs, dreidels, chocolate gelt coins, Hanukkah cards, Hanukkah stickers, candles, etc. You also need photocopies of the items....
Can your team find the most hidden Hanukkah items?

How to Play: Pin the Candle on the Menorah

Make a paper menorah to play this game. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: White poster board, markers, blue and yellow construction paper, tape, scissors and a blindfold. How to play: For this variation of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, draw a...
Get your light closest to the candle and win.

How to Play: The Dreidel Game

Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: A dreidel, a pot and enough pennies to give each player 20 coins. How to play: Give each player 20 pennies. Each player puts two pennies in the pot, and then players take turns...
You can use pennies or chocolate gelt to play this Hanukkah game.

How to Play: Pumpkin Bowling

Get rolling! Credit: Julie Larsen Maher, AP
What you need: One pumpkin and 10 1- or 2-liter empty plastic bottles. How to play: Set the plastic bottles up into a triangle. Players take turns rolling the pumpkin into the "pins." The rules:...
Pumpkins aren't just for pies -- you can bowl with them, too!

How to Play: Name That Turkey Tune

Can you guess that tune? Credit: Getty Images
What you need: All you need for this game are players. How to play: Players take turns singing songs, but they must replace all of the lyrics with "gobble." Other players have to guess what song...
Can you guess that tune?

How to Play: Deer and Hunter

Will you catch the deer? Credit: Matt Rourke, AP
What you need: All you need is a group of kids. How to play: Players stand in a circle holding hands. One person is selected to be the deer, and he or she goes through the circle, ducking under...
Will you catch the deer?

How to Play: Turkey Trot

Will you cross the finish line first? Credit: Corbis
What you need: A group of kids and enough turkey mascots for each pair, which can be easily made by taping a construction-paper turkey head onto a football. How to play: Determine starting...
Will you cross the finish line first?

How to Play: Apple Paring Game

Can you peel the longest piece of skin? Credit: Getty Images
What you need: Apples, potato peelers and paring knives.
How to play: The adults get the paring knives, and the kids get the potato peelers. Everyone tries to get the longest...
This game is very a-peel-ing.

How to Play: Pumpkin Roll

Push your pumpkin! Credit: Johannes Eisele, AFP / Getty Images
What you need: At least two players, two pumpkins and two sturdy brooms. How to play: Determine starting and finishing lines. Set two pumpkins on their sides at the starting line...
The first player to get his or her pumpkin across the finish line wins!

How to Play: Where Did the Turkey Lay Its Egg?

Where are the turkey eggs? Credit: Thony Belizaire, AFP/Getty Images
What you need: A hard-boiled egg. How to play: In this variation of Hot and Cold, one player is chosen to be "it" and must leave the room while another player hides the...
In this variation of Hot and Cold, the goal is to find the hidden egg.

How to Play: Cross the Sea

Guide the Mayflower to the New World in this Thanksgiving game. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: A group of children and a blindfold. How to play: Pick one person to represent the New World, and have him or her stand in a chair on one side of...
Guide the Mayflower to the New World in this Thanksgiving game.

How to Play: Pin the Nose on the Jack-O-Lantern

Can you pin the face on the Jack-o-Lantern? Credit: TIM SLOAN, AFP/Getty Images
What you need: Orange poster board, markers, black construction paper, tape, scissors and a blindfold. How to play: For this variation of Pin the Tail on the...
Can you pin the face on the Jack-o-Lantern?

How to Play: Spider Web Hunt

Credit: Dan Kitwood, Getty Images
What you need: Synthetic spider webs, spider rings and prizes. How to play: Take the synthetic spider webs and use them to enclose a small space of about 3 feet wide by 3 feet tall by 6 feet long. Hook the...
Find the rings in the web and win!

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